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What is Aquaculture?

Aquaculture is the farming of fish, shrimp, and other aquatic animals and plants for food. Wild fisheries are vulnerable to overfishing and habitat loss. Aquaculture endeavors to help meet the demand for seafood in a sustainable way.

South Carolina specializes in mariculture, a type of aquaculture focused on cultivation of marine species in their natural environment.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium provides technical assistance to producers to support environmentally friendly and economically viable operations.

Aquaculture in South Carolina

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Oyster Farming in South Carolina Fact Sheet

This fact sheet shows the involvement of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in jump-starting the oyster farming industry in South Carolina, the state of the industry, and current projects to improve oyster growing resources in the state.

Ocean to Table: Oyster Farming at Lady’s Island Oyster

Featuring: Frank Roberts (Lady’s Island Oyster Inc.), Julie Davis (formerly of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium), and Chef John Marshall (Old Bull Tavern). Narrated by Barton Seaver (Coastal Culinary Academy). Frank and Julie are joined by John to talk about farming oysters to meet specific culinary tastes and why it can be good for the environment.

Farming Resources

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Handbook of Relative Acute Toxicity Values for Crayfish (1996)

This booklet assists the crayfish farmer in determining chemical toxicity values. It contains a detailed chart of the acute toxicity values for crayfish for a variety of common chemicals.

Local Aquaculture Associations

Oyster South

A non-profit with a mission to cultivate a South that encourages and includes successful farms, healthy waters and the birth of new traditions.

SE Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Members are the state agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in the Southeastern states.

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